Regional Highlights

Inuvik Region - home base, Inuvik

  • Drive the Dempster the only public highway in North America to cross the Arctic Circle.
  • Discover the Mackenzie Delta, from the water or the air it is a visual wilderness feast.
  • Aulavik National Park is a remote northern park with a river navigable by canoe.
  • Travel a real ice road: from January through March you can drive the Mackenzie Delta from Inuvik to Aklavik and out onto the Beaufort Sea ice to Tuktoyaktuk.
  • Dip a toe in the Arctic Ocean. Canadaís third ocean is accessible from the beach at Tuktoyaktuk.
  • Enjoy the midnight sun north of the Arctic Circle, where in midsummer, you can get a tan at midnight.
  • Join northern artists at the Great Northern Arts Festival in Inuvik, the largest and most northerly arts festival on the continent.
  • Discover golf on the tundra at Ulukhaktok, overlooking the Beaufort Sea.
  • Visit the famous igloo church with stations of the cross by a local artist in Inuvik.
  • Marvel at the layers of ice and silt in the natural freezer hollowed out underground at Tuktoyaktuk.

Great Slave Lake area - home base, Yellowknife

  • Fly with the Ice Pilots in a vintage Buffalo Airways DC-3 aircraft, on a commuter run between Yellowknife and Hay River over Great Slave Lake.
  • Watch caribou on the barrenlands. Visit a lodge or camp beyond the treeline to see the caribou in migration.
  • View the amazing red cliffs and unique geology on the East Arm, part of a proposed national park on Great Slave Lake.
  • See the Aurora at its most spectacular in winter from a heated, enclosed lounge chair, close to Yellowknife.
  • Watch a diamond cutter at work at the Northern Frontier Visitors Centre.
  • Golf on Yellowknifeís sand course, where the ravens might steal your ball.
  • Tour some architectural highlights in Yellowknife: the circular Legislative Assembly building, the Visitor Centre set in a pond, and St Pat's School, all sided with zinc, mined in the Canadian Arctic.
  • Take in Folk on the Rocks, Yellowknifeís quirky summer music festival, staged in a natural sand amphitheatre overlooking a lake with beach.

Dehcho region - home base Fort Simpson or Hay River

  • Picnic at Virginia Falls in Nahanni National Park on a day tour by float plane.
  • Learn the story of Albert Faille, a prospector who used to carry his boat, board by board, around 90 metre high Virginia Falls.
  • Camp beside Samba Deh Falls on the Trout River. This roadside park sits by a series of pretty waterfalls, with good hiking and fishing.
  • Climb the Cirque of the Unclimbables, an international challenge for rock climbers in the remote Mackenzie Mountains.
  • Test the mountain hot springs in the Mackenzie Mountains, on a custom tour with a mountain outfitter.
  • Drive the Mackenzie Valley Highway to Wrigley, at the end of the road, from Fort Simpson. Itís a scenic day-long round trip.
  • Join the Open Sky Festival at Fort Simpson, where youíll meet artists of all types and dance the night away.
  • The Mackenzie Days at Fort Providence, include canoe races on the Mackenzie River and traditional Dene Games.
  • Take a swing around the Hay River Golf Club, a grass course beside the Hay River.
  • Sample the fish of the day on offer at the fishermenís market in Hay River each summer Saturday.
  • Drive up to view the DehCho Bridge at Fort Providence, expected to replace ferry service in 2011.

Sahtu region - home base, Norman Wells

  • Paddle the scenic and challenging Mountain River with an experienced outfitter.
  • Hike the Canol Trail, a rugged route through the Mackenzie Mountains to Yukon.
  • Climb Mt. Hamar at Norman Wells, for a 360 degree view of the Mackenzie River and the mountains.
  • Hunt for fossils in Fossil Creek at Norman Wells.
  • Visit and photograph the unique churches in Norman Wells, Fort Good Hope, Tulita and Colville Lake
  • Travel the Mackenzie Mountains on horseback with a mountain outfitting company.
  • Explore the Ramparts - high walls lining the fast flowing Mackenzie River at Fort Good Hope.
  • Join the fun at the Aboriginal Day Eco Challenge, a kind of northern triathlon at Norman Wells in June.
  • Visit the Norman Wells Historical Society collection of Canol era artifacts, and the DOT Lake aviation heritage site.
  • Explore the remains of Fort Franklin at Deline.

South Slave Region - home base, Fort Smith

  • Kayak, picnic or just sun yourself by the Slave River Rapids
  • Visit one of the largest and oldest National Parks in Canada, photograph the buffalo alongside the road
  • Explore the historic travel route and the scenic portage trail from Fort Fitzgerald to Fort Smith.
  • Tour the amazing Salt Plains in Wood Buffalo National Park
  • Visit the Northern Life Museum and Cultural Centre, at Fort Smith, and the Mission Heritage Park
  • Bring your guitar and join in the fun at the South Slave Friendship Festival, when northern musicians take over the stage at Fort Smith.